HC rejects Sarkarís plea to survey Fatehpur site for gold
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The Allahabad High Court Wednesday rejected the petition filed by Shobhan Sarkar who had sought permission from the DM to carry out a technical survey at the site in Fatehpur where he claims gold deposits to the tune of 2,500 tonnes are buried.
Sarkar had claimed in his petition that he had deposited Rs 10 lakh with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, to conduct the survey, which was initiated but later stopped on DM's orders.
The gold, he claimed, was handed over by one of the kings of Rewa to his Guru and deposited near a Shiva temple, along the banks of Ganga in Adampur village of Fatehpur.
Rejecting the order, the Division Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Vipin Sinha said: "Learned counsel for the petitioner miserably failed to prove any of his rights to claim any permission from the DM for the technical survey and field-based investigation. No case has been made out to grant any of the reliefs as claimed in the writ petition. The writ petition is dismissed."
On Sarkar's claim that the Adampur Gaon Sabha had resolved on October 14 to allow excavation on condition that 20 per cent of the findings will be used for the development of the village, the court said that Section 4 of the Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878 ó which the petitioner had relied upon while presenting his argument ó only states that a person will inform the District Collector if any treasure valued at above Rs 10 was found.
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